Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct in Arizona

We know people charged with Disorderly Conduct often don't even realize how their actions constitute a crime. In Arizona, disorderly conduct is often defined as someone who (1) engages in or recklessly creates a disorderly situation; (2) makes unreasonable noise or is verbally abusive; or (3) creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition which serves no legitimate purpose.

For example, it's a crime to seriously, intentionally and knowingly engage in disruptive behavior that disturbs the peace of another person, family or neighborhood. The police or prosecutor has the discretion to charge you with disorderly conduct when they believe your behavior is seriously disruptive.

At Owens and Perkins, we have experienced, effective Attorneys to represent you in any type of Arizona disorderly conduct case. We will investigate your case, including interviewing eyewitnesses, or any other potential witnesses, viewing any physical evidence and will fully investigate the strength of the State's case against you. Most importantly, we'll determine whether your actions actually rose to the level of a criminal offense.

If we can prove that the alleged victim(s) themselves were not in a "peaceful state," then there is no way their peace could have been disturbed and a case shouldn't have been brought against you. In our investigation, we'll look for evidence that counters the charges against you, including evidence that shows not only the weakness of the State's case against you, but evidence of your good nature and your lack of intent to cause harm.

Next, we'll discuss the outcome of our investigation with you, and decide together the best strategy for your situation. If the State has a strong case, our strategy will likely be to negotiate the best deal we can with the Prosecutor, one that attempts to avoid or reduce jail time or even to avoid a criminal conviction altogether.

If, on the other hand, you're innocent or there are solid defenses to the charges, we may advise you to go to trial. We will aggressively defend you at trial, including filing any Pre-Trial motions that might limit the evidence that is deemed admissible to the Court.

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